City of Saint John to begin enforcement for recreation cards at municipal arenas


Beginning Monday, December 9, 2019, the City of Saint John will begin enforcement efforts in its four City arenas to ensure compliance with the newly implemented Recreation Card Program. The City’s Recreation Card Program was designed to create greater cost equity between those who regularly use the arenas from neighbouring communities and City of Saint John taxpayers. Since the program launched in September of this year, approximately 50 per cent of resident users and 25 per cent of non-resident users have acquired a recreation card.

“We want to acknowledge and thank those groups who have been cooperative and who are actively encouraging their participants to acquire cards,” says Tim O’Reilly, the City’s Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. “Unfortunately the low levels of compliance have prompted the need for a clear enforcement plan."

Beginning Monday, December 9, the City will begin the enforcement phase of the program. Enforcement will include regular spot checks for recreation cards at each of the City’s four arenas: Hilton Belyea, Stewart Hurley, Peter Murray, and Charles Gorman. To gain access to the ice surface, applicable arena users will be required to show their recreation cards. Those who do not demonstrate that they have a recreation card will not be granted access to the arena. 

“The City’s recreation card is not unlike membership cards people are required to obtain at other recreation facilities” says O’Reilly. “If you don’t have your card, or proof that you’ve acquired one, you won’t be able to use the facility.”

Applicants may acquire their recreation card during regular business hours at the Parks and Recreation office, 171 Adelaide Street. The card is free for Saint John residents, with proof of residence. The cost for non-residents is $200 + HST. The City will once again offer extended operating hours in order to provide arena users with convenient times to obtain their cards before the deadline. In addition to regular business hours, the Adelaide Street office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 19, 21, 26 and 28 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The City of Saint John continues to work with Lord Beaverbrook Rink to reconcile non-resident use of that facility for the 2019/2020 season.

For more information about the Recreation Card Program and to find out whether you need a recreation card, visit


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